Back in January I heard about a new fiberglass ukulele case that was coming onto the market. After doing a little research, I discovered Kamoa fiberglass cases. http://kamoaukulelecompany.com/line/cases/ They looked like a lightweight, attractive option for those who do a lot of traveling with their ukes, so back in March I made the decision to purchase one. Initially I intended to get a red one, but when I went to place my order, Sam (the owner) told me that I could opt for a custom color.
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the color teal, so the opportunity to get a case in that color seemed like a dream come true. So I went ahead and placed my order. After months of worrying over whether I made the right color choice, and tons of emails that I sent pestering Sam about the status of my order, I finally received the magic email from him, my case had arrived.
Fortunately, I planned on being in Kauai the next week anyway so I made the decision to pick up my new case in person - with the caveat that if I didn't like the color in person, I could opt for a red one. I finally got there and saw it in person, and I really liked it a lot. I wish I could capture the color in a photo better than I did (and I spent a ton of time trying with three different cameras and still couldn't adequately show it accurately).
It is, as best I can describe it, a bright teal under direct sunlight or in bright lighting. Which I absolutely love! In other light, it can appear periwinkle or powder blue -- less attractive to me but still not bad. I guess I would say when the lighting is right, I love the color. When it is not (as in my photos), I might prefer the red. Was it worth the wait for the custom color? I can't say for sure, I think in the end it was, as I do really like it in the right lighting. But would I do it again? Probably not. I'm planning on ordering a red one for my Kanile'a rather than trying another custom option.
For starters, this is an extremely lightweight case. I weighed it with the ukulele inside and it barely registered at four pounds. It has four latches, which make it quite secure. I should note, you have to take care to latch it properly. You need to push on the top of the latch before adhering the bottom portion or else it won't latch securely. I made that mistake the first time I put my uke in it, and noticed the bottom latch wasn't closed properly and was hanging open. Now that I know it takes no time at all to close it, but I do take care to ensure it is done properly.
In addition to the black latches and trim, there is a black lightly padded handle. It is made out of leather (or pleather) and is very comfortable to hold onto -- by far the most comfortable of the three tested in this review.
In addition to the hand carry option, you can choose to wear it on your back -- backpack style, or slung over one shoulder. This is another advantage over the other cases reviewed below. Neither of those have any option but the hand carry -- tough when you are traveling or loaded down with a lot of stuff. (In both cases I added d rings to add a leather strap so I could sling those over my shoulder, but neither was as comfortable as the Kamoa -- which you literally could forget is on your back it is so comfortable).
To be continued...